Happy weekend, Toronto. Kick back and relax at one of these exciting events taking place in the city.
From delicious food festivals to a rosé inspired picnic, these are the top 25 things to do in Toronto this weekend.
- There's a giant arts and culture festival on Bloor Street this weekend
- St. Lawrence Market is hosting a three-day soiree next month
- This incredible light show is happening at Parliament Hill all summer (PHOTOS)
What: The tenth annual Toronto Burlesque Festival is back for another sultry season. This sizzling extravaganza will feature performances and parties with a dazzling cast of innovative artists from all across the globe.
Where: Venues throughout the city
When: Now until the 23, 7 pm to 11:30 pm
What: Italian Restaurant Week in Toronto offers a taste of Italy in The Six. Sixteen Toronto restaurants are participating, each representing the cuisine from one 16 different regions in Italy and offering a four-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) dinner menu for $49 while select restaurants also offer a three-course menu at lunch for $29.
Where: Multiple venues
When: All weekend long
What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back for another exciting summer and will be taking on two classics this year. This season’s performances will include Twelfth Night and King Lear, with all screenings starting at 8 pm. Tickets are pay what you can.
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
When: All weekend long
What: This is the final weekend Canada’s largest Latin-themed celebration, Toronto’s TD Salsa in Toronto Festival, which will feature music, food, dance and family events.
Where: St. Clair Avenue West, between Winona Drive and Christie Street
When: All weekend long
What: Cultura is a free family friendly outdoor festival presenting music, art, food, and film every Friday evening in July at Mel Lastman Square. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world-renowned musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.
Where: Mel Lastman Square
When: July 21, 6 pm to 11:30 pm
What: Chevrolet Canada presents Indie Fridays, a free concert series featuring some of Canada’s top indie musicians.
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
When: July 21, 8 pm to 11 pm
What: The one and only Deadmau5, will be celebrating 10 years of life with a tour, along with guests Rezz, BlackGummy, Matt Lange, Attlas and Monstergetdown at Toronto’s Rebel nightclub.
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson St #1
When: July 21, 10 pm to 2 am
What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 29th year.
Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
When: July 21 to 23
What: Join this arctic-bound adventure to hear the sounds of throat singers, folk musicians, and storytellers, and see films from across Canada’s vast regions of the North.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: July 21 to 23, 11 am to 10:30 pm
What: Back for its second year, the Waterfront Artisan Market will make Toronto’s waterfront come alive every Saturday from May 20 until October at HTO Park. Here you’ll get to explore a curated mix of 75 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Admission is free.
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
When: July 22
What: The Friends of Sorauren Park have planned another season of outdoor movies and special events this summer. The family event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month and this month’s film will be a PG-rated summer blockbuster.
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Avenue
When: July 22
What: Come out and see the future of Carnival. Join the young producers, performers, and presenters as they put their imprint on the Festival. This will be a day filled with music and dancing and an event not to miss.
Where: Malvern Park, 36 Sewells Road & Neilson Parks, 1555 Neilson Road
When: July 22, 11 am to 8 pm
What: For one day only, the Garrison Common at Fort York will be filled with blankets, flowing rosé, and some of the best food in the city. The Rosé Picnic has parented with celebrity Toronto chef Mark McEwan, so you’ll have baskets of delicious food to choose from.
Where: Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: July 22, 12 pm to 6 pm
What: Celebrate food and art from across South Asian at this annual festival. Admission is free while food will be on sale for $1 to $5 per taste.
Where: Gerrard Street East from Coxwell to Greenwood
When: July 22, 12 pm to 11 pm
What: Back for its second year, Ossfest will feature all things that summer is made of: shopping, dancing, live music, patios, eating, drinking and being merry. The street fest will feature an OssCrit urban bike race, two live music stages, a silk screen workshop, basketball training, a fun filled kid zone, giveaways and exclusive access to experiences you wouldn’t get else in Toronto.
Where: Ossington Avenue between Queen and Dundas Street West
When: July 22, 2 pm to 11 pm
What: This Sunday, come and enjoy a mix of mindful movement (yoga and meditation), with creative expression (painting). Experience creative bliss, adventure, and the best (hangover-free) weekend release there is.
Where: Lululemon, 318 Queen Street West
When: July 22, 3 pm to 5:30 pm
What: Brandon Boyd and the boys of Incubus formed back in the early 90s. Seven studio albums and several world tours later, the indie rockers return with their new album 8. Catch them playing their latest single “Nimble Bastard” and classic like “Pardon Me.” The band is touring with Jimmy Eat World.
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Boulevard West
When: July 22, 6 pm
What: The Junction Night Market returns this week and will showcase food vendors who prioritize local ingredients, as well as some of the best craft beer and cider that Ontario has to offer. The market celebrates local food and drink and raises funds to support a variety of programs that promote access to healthy food, including a food voucher program in partnership with the Four Villages Community Health Centre.
Where: Pacific Avenue, just north Dundas Street West
When: July 22, 7 pm to 11 pm
What: A festival of arts and culture, Big on Bloor is a unique summer street fest featuring hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays, and exhibitions.
Where: Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne
When: July 22 to 23
What: New this season, The Canadian Food Truck Festival is expanding to Burlington! The weekend event takes place in July and will feature food trucks from across Southern Ontario as well as live performers.
Where: Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road
When: July 22 to 23, 12 pm to 9 pm
What: For one day only, FIGO is partnering with Toronto-based online florist Tonic Blooms to host a pop-up flower market where guests can either create their own bouquet from the “bloom bar” or choose from one of Tonic Blooms’ pre-designed bouquets.
Where: FIGO patio, 295 Adelaide Street West
When: July 23, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
What: Now in its 14th year, Toronto’s Brazilfest will offer its attendees the opportunity to experience authentic Brazilian performances and to enjoy Brazilian style foods.
Where: Earlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Avenue
When: July 23, 11 am to 10 pm
What: #BastidsBBQ is gearing up for its seventh year of summer good times in Toronto, and this one promises to be the biggest and best yet. Featuring an epic lineup of DJs and performers, this is one summer festival you won’t want to miss.
Where: 525 King Street West
When: July 23, 2 pm to 10 pm
What: Come one, come all to Uke Can Sing: a free ukulele and singing workshop for absolute beginners, led by the infamous singing ukulele ladies of the TTC Subway,
Where: Lee Lifeson Art Park, 223 Gladys Allison Pl
When: July 23, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
What: The TD Irie Music Festival has been held since 2002 in collaboration with the Toronto Urban Music Festival. Irie offers Toronto some awesome reggae, world music and gospel.
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square
When: July 23 to 24